SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A longtime Savannah-Chatham Metro Police officer is retiring after 27 years on the force.
Star Cpl. Florentino "Tony" Lopez will retire Friday with much hesitance after many years of dedicated service to SCMPD.
Lopez was born and raised in Chicago. He attended St. Mark's and graduated from Holy Trinity High School in 1976. He joined the Army in 1977 and did a six-year tour starting out as a combat engineer and finishing his career as a Military Policeman at Fort Stewart in 1983.
Lopez joined the Savannah Police Dept. in 1984 and worked patrol for five years before working TRAP, where he had the opportunity to work drug cases and other investigations.
After joining the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics unit in 2000, he went to what is now Central Precinct. Shortly after moving to the Central Precinct, he was selected as the precinct's crime prevention officer where he serviced until 2011, and was transferred to precinct investigations.
"I got to have my finger on the pulse, as they say. Got to do that. And again, it is like leaving a family, you just don't want to leave the family, and you occasionally come to visit. That is how you want to put it in perspective," said Lopez.
He is just two months shy of 28 years of service with the department as a police officer.